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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Under Pressure

For some years now I have known that I am a procrastinator! I will leave most things to be completed until the absolute last minute and as many times as I've tried to rectify this "problem" I have also accepted it as a part of me and when I'm under pressure I tend to work more successfully and with alot more focus.

And here is no exception haha ;) The blog that I have recently been following, Once Upon a...Sketch posted their second challenge for the month of April back on the fifteenth with a submission deadline of April thirtieth at midnight Austrailian time (so here in Canada we have to be 12 hours early or we miss it! LOL) Just like the first layout, this time around I have left it to the last 24 hours to put together a page.

The challenge was to follow this sketch and to journal about why we chose to scrap about the particular pictures we pick.



I chose pictures that we took of Oliver in January of this year shortly after New Year's. He was on his way to visit Grandma and had his first faux-hawk hairdo. I absolutely loved how gosh darn cute he looked (I know, A Mother's Bias) and how "grown up" it made him look. I wanted to use them in a layout to put in his scrapbook so that I can always remember the Cool Dude smirk he gave us ;)

Here is my interpretation of the OUAS Sketch:



Here is the journaling, I know the ink is a little shiny, it reads "This was Oliver's first faux-hawk! I just loved the smirk he would give us thinking he was so cool. We Love our Little Dude!"



This was a first for me, making paper flowers and distressing the edges of all the papers. I had so much fun!! I was a little worried about using them on a layout for my son, but I really like how they turned out.



Another first for me, I have never used Thickers before. All my Scrappy Sister's rave about them and I have been in the dark about what they even were let alone how to use them! LOL I chose some fabric ones and tried to rough up the edges a little bit to fray the cotton. I think I am loving me some Thickers!!



Materials Used:
Papers - Recollections Kraft Paper, We R Memory Keepers "Grandma's Kitchen"
Extras - My Mind's Eye "Lost and Found" Brads, American Crafts Thickers "By The Yard", Embroidery Floss
Tools - Chatterbox Doodling Genies "Funky", Silhouette SD Stitching Templates, Fiskar's Circle Cutter

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Scrappily Ever After!

I started following a brand new blog a couple of weeks ago. Based in Australia, Once Upon A...Sketch went live in April of this year and its primary focus is to get everyone to include more journaling on their pieces. Journaling is such an important element of a scrapbook. Yes a picture is worth a thousand words,but unless some of those words are jotted down, you never know how long they will stay clear and focused in one's memory. This is where OUAS comes in; They are posting 2 challenges a month based on encouraging the art of journaling the memory that you have chosen to scrap about.

For their first challenge they included the following sketch to base your layout on and that it must include AT LEAST 25 words of HANDWRITTEN journaling on your scrapbook page.



The deadline to submit your entry is April 15th, which is also when their next challenge will be posted. Just like me, I left it down to the last couple of days to finally sit down and figure something out! I turned the sketch on it's side and used a portrait/vertical style photo instead of a landscape/horizontal one. It was up to everyone's own interpretation and this is what I came up with:



It was the first time I've done a considerable amount of knife work, cutting out all the flowers and vine swirlies, and I kinda like how it all came together in the end :)





I actually had a hard time with the journaling. In the end I kept it short and sweet and captured, in my heart, the memory of Oliver's 2nd Christmas :)



What was used:
Paper:
Fancy Pants Designs "Christmas Magic"
Tools:
Cutter Bee Craft Knife by EK Success
Chatterbox Journaling Genie (to trace the wavy lines)
American Crafts Metallic Markers "Gold"
Adhesive:
Xyron double sided tape
American Crafts Glue Runner

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

A Stitch In Time

Along with buttons, I have recently tried stitching on my scrapbook pages. I have so often looked on in awe at fellow Scrappy Sister's pages and drooled over how absolutely beautiful their stitching is and always wanted to try it out for myself. This week's Mojo Challenge gave us a "graffiti wall" to play around with and I immediately knew that I wanted to give stitching a go!
I have done very limited amounts of stitching and sewing in the past. Waaay back in public school when Home Ec. was still a mandatory subject (I think I was 12 years old) I had a brief sewing class in school and learned to sew a button, a hem and a dinosaur shaped pillow (??) In high school and college I cross stitched for awhile but gave up after starting 3 or 4 different projects and failing miserably at them! How you can mix up a cross stitching pattern I have no idea...but I managed it! LOL.

This is last week's sketch from Kristy at ScrapbookSteals that we had to use to create a page of our own:



With my trusty needle in hand, I went to work and managed to stitch out a couple doodley looking desings on my layout. I found some cute little paper tags and I stitched them into swirlies :)








And I should probably add that, No, I am not a sewing genius...I printed sewing templates using the Silhouette and then transferred them onto my 12x12 cardstock, but shhhhhhh....no one needs to know ;) hee hee I used my craft knife, punctured holes in the paper then went through after with my needle and floss.

Here is the finished layout! The photo of Oliver was taken by Dan's Mum one afternoon in her kitchen while she was babysitting for us :) I looove the shot she was able to capture! (Thank you so much Nin!)

Button Button...Who's Got The Button?!

So in my constant quest to learn and become a better srapbooker, I am always determined to learn and try new techniques, new medium...what am I saying everything I'm doing is still new to me!
I've been using buttons recently to make cards and on my scrapbook pages and I love how they look just so gosh darn cute! On a recent trip to Stuff-Mart I was in the Sewing aisle looking for embroidery floss (I'm also trying out stitching on my layouts...another blog post) I came across these 1 lb bags of buttons...yes 1 whole pound of assorted buttons! The bag is filled with different colours (mostly neutrals however) and different sizes and shapes. I picked up a few bags and was looking through them and then I spotted ONE button in the whole bag that I would love to work with (I'm a dork I know!) so for a bank-busting $3 I bought the whole 1 pound for one teeny tiny button that probably weighs less than ounce ;)

This is what 1 Pound of Buttons looks like:


This is the ONE Button! I almost don't want to use it:


Some other Honourable Mentions:


Here is a 1 1/2 Year Old Playing in 1 Pound of Buttons


This is What Happens when the 1 1/2 year old Discovers that The Sounds of Bouncing Buttons on the Hardwood Floor sounds way too cool to only do One Time! (and when Mummy has her back turned for TWO Seconds!! LOL)


Do you see down the hallways the corner of the red car? I found buttons beyond that! I'm sure we'll be finding buttons for a few days now, although I'm pretty sure we got them all (and yes I realize that some out there may call me an idiot for giving a toddler a pile of buttons) BUT not one single one made it to his mouth and up until launching them, Oliver had soo much fun picking up individual buttons, inspecting them and then putting them back down. :) So I had to clean up a few million buttons? I figure I've cleaned up much worse!! HAHA!